Those among us who are losing years off lives stressing about CC Sabathia’s fastballs had their worry beads in the wrong place last night. Even if the ace reached triple digits it wouldn’t have been nearly enough because of the way lefty Matt Moore handled a Yankees lineup that was without Kevin Youkilis. “He was down in the zone, commanded the fastball and the change-up was unbelievable,’’ Francisco Cervelli said of Moore, who allowed a run and two hits — both to Robinson Cano — in eight innings. “But we have to make him pitch a little more.’’ It’s hard to imagine Moore pitching better after watching him handcuff the Yankees on the way to a 5-1 victory in front of a quaint Tropicana Field gathering of 15,531. Sabathia drove the Yankees into a 4-0 ditch in the first inning when journeyman Ryan Roberts and Yunel Escobar homered and Sean Rodriguez tripled in a run. As it turned out, those four runs were more than enough for the 23-year-old Moore, who is 4-0 with a microscopic 1.04 ERA. “He has great stuff and a quality arm that can over-power you,’’ Vernon Wells said of Moore. Sabathia was less concerned about his velocity which produced several 92 mph fastballs, but mainly was in the 90 range. He also didn’t beat himself up over location. What annoyed the large lefty was the mindset he took to the mound in the first inning. “Not being aggressive from the start. I tried to tell myself to be nice and easy and that took my aggressiveness away,’’ said Sabathia, who is 3-2. Moore didn’t allow a hit until Cano’s one-out homer to right in the fourth. His infield single in the sixth was the last Yankee hit. In between walking Brett Gardner to start the game and Cano’s sixth homer, Moore retired 10 straight.
Yanks’ bats silenced by Rays’ Moore
New York Post | Apr 23